When the Houston Rockets catch fire, they are one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors learned this lesson well in a 140-109 loss at the Toyota Center.
The Rockets tied an NBA record with 23 made three-pointers in the game. The team attempted 40 shots from beyond the arc, giving it a 57.5 shooting percentage.
Jeremy Lin led all scorers with 28 points and also added nine assists. The point guard made five of his eight attempts from distance.
James Harden chipped in four more made three-pointers and 18 points. Center Omer Asik had a double-double, and all five starters—in addition to three players off the bench—had double-digit scoring nights for Houston.
The Warriors’ attempts to equal the Rockets’ long-range shooting success failed miserably. The team made just 3-of-15 three-point attempts.
Sharpshooter Stephen Curry went just 3-of-12 from the floor and finished with seven points and nine assists.
The full box score is available via NBA.com.
Player of the Game: Jeremy Lin
There have been games this season where Jeremy Lin has not looked like he will be worth the contract the Rockets gave him in the offseason. This was not one of them.
He quickly realized he had a hot hand tonight, and did not shy away from jacking up shots. His 16 attempts were a game-high, and he had 10 made field goals.
But he also managed to record nine assists compared to just two turnovers. This was a dominant performance from the young point guard.
What’s Next for the Golden State Warriors?
After dropping to 30-18, the Warriors will stay on the road and travel to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
What’s Next for the Houston Rockets?
The Rockets improved to 27-23 and will now head to South Florida to face the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.